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Riverside Cemetery

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Address: 53 Birch St, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone Number: +1 828 350 2066
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Description: This beautiful garden style cemetery encompasses 87 acres near downtown...
This beautiful garden style cemetery encompasses 87 acres near downtown Asheville, NC overlooking the French Broad River. Among the rolling hills and gardens you can find the graves of prominent writers such as Thomas Wolfe and O. Henry, Civil War heroes, and politicians that shaped North Carolina's history. Self-guided walking tours are available at the cemetery office Monday - Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm.
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Great place to think about the big questions...

This quiet cemetery in Montford is a good place for a stroll if you are feeling existential...This is also the place to find the grave of resting places of some of Asheville's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2015
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Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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61 reviews 61 reviews
54 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This quiet cemetery in Montford is a good place for a stroll if you are feeling existential...This is also the place to find the grave of resting places of some of Asheville's most illustrious past citizens...

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Hermitage, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We visited here on our recent trip to Asheville, to visit the grounds and a few select graves, Overall, the grounds seemed to be very well managed and well kept. The only issue I'd have to speak on, would be the driving map & signage needs to be better laid out in my opinion, with the hills and many windy... More 

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Plantation, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

It may seem odd to rave about a cemetery, but the old growth trees and historic tombstones and monuments make this a special place. It's superbly maintained and worth of a meditative stroll or serious photography.

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Orlando, Florida, USA
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56 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I love cemeteries. They used to be the parks for the poor people. If you have more than 2 days in Asheville, then this is a good place to walk, read the tombstones, look at the beautiful foliage (especially in Spring and at fall leaf change time). Pack a lunch and contemplate your life as you look at the graves.... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Riverside is a splendid place to walk. I always enjoy seeing what folks leave at O.Henrys grave stone-usually pennies, but sometimes other coins. Sometimes, they are all in a mound and other times, arranged in patterns or around the edge of the stone.

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Deltona, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Taking note of the lives of many "Great Americans" that are here, it was a review of history for me. It doesn't take long to find out that you are in the presence of many of the founders of the area and contributors to America as a whole. A worth while side trip.

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Hoschton, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

There was a lot of pretty fall color in the cemetery when we drove around. Hilly and curvy but paved and not difficult to maneuver.

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san diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Like many out of towners, I went to see the graves of O'Henry & Thomas Wolfe. Well worth the time . Offered a quiet and beautiful side trip on a gorgeous Fall day.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Lovely grounds, an interested (and interesting!) caretaker, historical markers - really terrific. We visit cemeteries in a lot of towns - this is a good one.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

A map of the graveyard is available at the ground taker's house. A lot of history for a small graveyard.

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